Queen of the Prairie - Filipendula rubra
Family Rosaceae - Rose Family

Some might argue this is our most beautiful wildflower. I am one of them.
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Queen of the Prairie at Nachusa Grasslands in northern Illinois [1]
Quite by accident one sunny summer day at The Nature Conservancy's Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois, I happened upon this lovely patch of the pinkest flowers I'd ever seen. I was stunned. What is this wondrous beast with the feathered headdress throwing purple sprays of fireworks into the sky? And so many of them! The effect of all that color in one place is a spectacle to behold - I rate it right up there with the best the natural world has to offer, and I'm reminded of  Jesus' words concerning the lilies of the field, "..even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
 
References
  1. Queen of the Prairie photos taken at Nachusa Grasslands 07-04-2014 by Bruce Marlin
  2. Floyd Swink & Gerould Wilhelm, Plants of the Chicago Region, 'Filipendula rubra'
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Family Rosaceae - Rose Family; Fruit Trees
Many of these plants are of vital economic importance. The Rosaceae contain a great number of fruit trees of temperate regions, the fruit of which contain vitamins, acids, and sugars and can be used both raw and for making preserves, jam, jelly, candy, wine, brandy, cider and other beverages.
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